Organized   by  Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation

Dates of the Festival:    12-19 December 2019

Venues :  Devi & Devi Bala, Anna Theatre, Casino, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Tagore Film Centre

Inaugural Function :  Kalaivanar Arangam (Dec 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm)

Closing Function :   Devi Theatre (Dec 19, 2019 at 6:15 pm)

For Tamil films competition category, ICAF informed through Media about the submission process from 7th October and the last date for receipt of entries was fixed on 10th November.  In total ICAF received 19 Tamil Films and 12 films have been selected by the Preview Committee.


Number of Countries :   55

Number of Films :   130

Guests :   Diplomats from various Foreign Missions at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai

Expected :  1) Dr. Balázs Varga (Assistant Professor) – Hungary    ,,,,, 2) Ms. Shilpa (Director from Singapore) ,,,,,  3) Mr. Bharathirajaa Nadarajah (Malaysian Producer & Director),,,,,4) Mr. Y Srinivas (Kannada Movie    Director) and crew,,,,,5) Mr. Chetan Singh (Hindi Movie Director),,,,,,6) Mr. Prasad KL (Telugu Movie   Director) and crew ,,,,,,,7) Ms. Rajni Basumatary (Assamese Movie Director)                                               

Opening Film  :    Palme d’Or winner at Cannes Film Festival – THE PARASITE (Korea)

 Closing Film :   Gundermann – Germany

  Other Award

Winning  Films :    CANNES Film Festival – Winners

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire – France
  • Beanpole – Russia

BERLIN International Film Festival – Winners

  • Piranhas – Italy
  • So Long, My Son – China
  • System Crasher – Germany
  • Buoyancy – Australia
  • The Legend of Rita – Germany
  • Dear Emma, Sweet Böbe – Hungary

FAJR Film Festival (Iran) – Winners

  • Just 6.5 (Iran)
  • The Warden (Iran)
  • Irina (Bulgaria)

VENICE Film Festival – Winners

  • A Son – Tunisia
  • The Man Who Surprised Everyone – Estonia
  • Sole – Poland

TORONTO International Film Festival – Winner

  • Sole – Poland

 KARLOVY VARY International Film Festival (Czech Republic) – Winner

  • Paths in the Night – Germany


Cannes Film Festival – Nominees

Nina Wu (Taiwan), Summer of Changsha (China), Sick Sick Sick (Brazil),

Goldie (USA), Tlamess (Tunisia), Song Without a Name (Peru),

The Unknown Saint (Qatar, Morocco), Sibyl (Belgium), Homeward (Ukraine) and

Oh Mercy! (France)

 Berlin International Film Festival – Nominees

The Ground Beneath My Feet (Germany), Holy Beasts (Dominican Republic),

The Day After I’m Gone (Israel), Easy Love (Germany) and Divine Love (Uruguay)

Venice Film Festival – Nominees

Just 6.5 (Iran), Adam and Evelyn (Germany) and Stripped (Israel)

Busan International Film Festival – Nominee

The Man Who Surprised Everyone – Estonia

 INDIAN PANORAMA has 2 National Award Won films

  • Amori by Mr. Dinesh P Bhonsle (Konkani movie)
  • Hellaro by Mr. Abhishek Shah (Gujarati movie)

Contemporary German

Cinema :  6 films (courtesy Goethe-Institut, Chennai)

30 Years of Fall of

Berlin Wall :  5 films (courtesy Goethe-Institut, Chennai)

Country Focus

(Hungary) :    4 films (courtesy Hungarian Information & Cultural Centre, New Delhi)

Thailand Focus :  2 films (courtesy Royal Thai Consulate General, Chennai)

Taiwanese Corner :  2 films (courtesy Taipei Economic and Cultural Center, Chennai)

Glimpses Australia :  2 films (courtesy Australian Consulate, Chennai)

Contemporary Films

from Iran :   5 films

Indian Panorama : 13 films

Tamil Feature

Film Competition :  12 films


  1. A movie from Azerbaijan titled THE BRA!
  2. A film from New Zealand called STRAY that has 8 wins & 15 nominations
  3. An Albanian movie titled HOLY BOOM, which has 12 wins and 3 nominations to its name till date
  4. A movie from Qatar/Morocco – THE UNKNOWN SAINT (which was nominated in Cannes Film Festival)
  5. HEARTS AND BONES – a film from Sudan
  6. A National Award won Konkani movie titled ‘AMORI
  7. A National Award won Gujarati movie titled ‘HELLARO
  8. A Bodo & Assamese language film called ‘JWLWI – THE SEED
  9. A movie in Garo & Khasi languages titled ‘IEWDUH
  10. A film titled ‘NETAJI’ which is in Irula language

Delegate Registration
Direct Registration at Devi Cineplex – Daily from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm

Online Registration – www.icaf.in / www.chennaifilmfest.com / www.bookmyshow.com                     
Interactive Session with well-known celebrities from the Film Industry.

‘Charu Haasan to get ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

 ‘DhaDha 87’, a movie written and directed by Director Vijay Sri G, Charu Haasan played the role of an action packed gangster when he was 87,and even today at 90 years of age, he continues to play his part in the regional films. Charu Haasan who is elder by 4 months to Veteran Hollywood Star Clint Eastwood is the only eldest artist across the world, who continues to work in films at this age that requires a special mention here. In appreciation and recognition of his efforts and contributions to the art, he will receive ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ at this festival on 12 Dec, the opening day.   Charu Haasan, a recipient of ‘National Award’ for the movie ‘Tabarana Kathe’(1986)  has so far acted in around 50 films in all South Indian regional languages.On behalf of the Chennai International Film Festival, we extend our sincere gratitude and admiration for the great support extended by the Government of Tamil Nadu to the International Film Festival of Chennai.